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BEIS publish most bizarre excuses for underpaying staff the National Minimum Wage

Makbool Javaid

BEIS and HMRC have revealed ten of the most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The list has been published to coincide with a new awareness campaign to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum ahead of the national minimum and national living wages rising on 1 April 2017. The excuses include:

  • The employee wasn’t a good worker so didn’t deserve the NMW.
  • UK culture includes not paying youngsters the NMW for the first 3 months as they must prove their ‘worth’.
  • Foreign workers can be paid below the NMW as they aren’t British and don’t have the right to be paid it.
  • A worker who only makes the teas and sweeps the floors does not deserve the NMW.

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